Apple is planning to remove its controversial App Store policy of taking a 30 percent cut on tipping from users to content creators in China, local media The Paper is reporting (in Chinese), citing several sources they identified as execs at Chinese internet firms. Several game developers also got wind of Apple’s plan to change its tipping policies, the report noted.

By classifying tipping or donation as a form of in-app purchase, the US company demanded app makers earlier this year to disable the tipping function per its new App Store rules, allowing Apple to take a 30% cut.

The Paper made public an unconfirmed new App Store policy that people who want to make donations to others without making in-app purchase should meet the following requirements: a) the donation decision is made by the donor; b) the donor will be charged 100% for tipping; c) the tipping is not exchange for any digital content or services. Under the new policy, the tipping will be treated as a means of personal donation.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.